In the late nineteenth century the advent of the modern torpedo woke the Royal Navy to a potent threat to its domination, not seriously challenged since Trafalgar. For the first time a relatively cheap weapon had the potential to sink the largest, and costliest exponents of sea power. Not surprisingly, Britain s traditional rivals invested heavily in the new technology that promised to overthrow the naval status quo. The Royal Navy was also quick to adopt the new weapon, but the British concentrated on developing counters to the essentially offensive tactics associated with torpedo-carrying small craft. From these efforts came torpedo catchers , torpedo-gunboats and eventually the torpedo-boat destroyer, a type so successful that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its title shortened to destroyer , the type evolved rapidly and was soon in service in many navies, but in none was the evolution as rapid or as radical as in the Royal Navy This book is the first detailed study of their early days, combining technical history with an appreciation of the changing role of destroyers and the tactics of their deployment. Like all of Friedman's books, it reveals the rationale and not just the process of important technological developments.Biographie de l'auteur :
NORMAN FRIEDMAN is arguably America s most prominent naval analyst, and the author of more than twenty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defence issues. His latest book, Firepower, covering battleship gunnery and fire control, was an instant success and quickly reprinted.
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Description du livre Seaforth Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. État : Good. Etat de la jaquette : Fair. Hardback; light wrinkle to edge of gloss pages, otherwise very good in creased, chipped and price-clipped dustjacket. ; Illustrated with b/w photographs, and line drawings. ; 320 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 53716
Description du livre Seaforth Publishing, 2009. État : very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. N° de réf. du libraire 9781848320499-3